Rotary clubs honor students, teacher of the month

March 2, 2012

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Renton Rotary honors Hazen student Madalynn Martin

Madalynn Martin, a senior at Hazen High School, has been selected as the Rotary Club of Renton student of the month for February.

Martin maintains a 3.8 grade point average and is the president of Earth Corps Club. She participates in honors orchestra, cross country, and track and field.

She has received the Academic All-Star Award, Scholar Athlete Award, honor roll recognition, the president’s bronze volunteer service award, as well as junior varsity and varsity letters. She volunteers with Youth Earth Service Corps, the state Department of Natural Resources and Parks, Campfire USA, Newcastle Weed Warriors and East Hill String Lessons.

Martin plans to attend Western Washington University to major in environmental science and hopes to serve with AmeriCorps or the Peace Corps.

Issaquah Rotary honors Liberty students

The Rotary Club of Issaquah honored Sierra Hunt and Tiffany Stephens as its students the month of January.

Sierra Hunt

Sierra Hunt, recognized in the leadership/citizenship category, is a senior at Liberty High School; she was sponsored by teacher Dan Joslin.

Her parents are Patty Kubeja and Drew Hunt.

Hunt maintains a 3.8 grade point average and has been involved with the school’s honor society for four years. She has received the Stephen Decatur Leadership Award and was selected as the Cadet of the Year in Naval Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps for outstanding dedication. She received the highest possible score on her Advanced Placement U.S. History test.

She is the NJROTC commanding officer in the Patriot Company and is an Associated Student Body member. Her scholastic interests include Advanced Placement biology, AP U.S. History and AP Government, as well as honor society, the Patriot Players, the Liberty Wind Ensemble/marching band and NJROTC.

She likes acting, singing, hiking, cycling and knitting (and plans to ride in a Seattle to Portland 200-mile bike race this summer). She enjoys playing the clarinet and is a self-taught ukulele player.

Hunt’s future goals include attending the University of Washington on a full-ride Army ROTC scholarship to major in nursing. She hopes to be an obstetrician.


Tiffany Stephens

Tiffany Stephens, a junior at Liberty High School, was recognized in the rotary’s career and technical education category after being sponsored by teacher Delores Leber. She is the daughter of Jill Meitzel.

She has been a member of the school’s honor society since 2010, she maintains a 3.89 grade point average and she is ranked No. 25 of 287 juniors.

She volunteers for the VOICE Mentor Program, and her hobbies include reading, writing and studying French.

Her future goals include attending the Woodring College of Education at Western Washington University. Stephens hopes to become a teacher and eventually serve as an elementary school principal.


The Rotary Club of Issaquah recently honored the following seniors as its students of the month for February.


Tucker Goodman

  • School: Liberty High School
  •  Category of recognition: drama
  •  Parents: Camie and Troy Goodman
  •  Scholastic achievements: 4.0 grade point average; 5 in Advanced Placement language test; 2190 on SAT
  •  Scholastic activities: 5th Avenue High School Musical Award — Lead Actor 2011; nomination for supporting actor award 2010; Drama Club treasurer; Associated Student Body president; marching band drum captain
  •  Scholastic interests: math, psychology, government
  •  Hobbies: ASB, band, Drama Club
  •  Outside school affiliations: Village Theatre KIDSTAGE
  •  Future goals: Seattle Pacific University major in theater/business
  •  Occupation/career: own a theater


Nicholas Russell

  •  School: Liberty High School
  •  Category of recognition: music
  •  Parents: Robert and Michelle Russell
  •  Scholastic interests: Jazz band at Liberty
  •  Hobbies: writing, mixing and playing music; jamming with friends; reading graphic novels; playing bass guitar and drums and some keyboard
  •  Outside school affiliation: member of the band 4 1/2; makeshift recording studio; five years of bass and guitar lessons from A Sharp Music
  • Future goals: Interested in going to school to be a nurse; also do music in free time
  •  Occupation/career: nurse

McKnight teacher recognized by Renton Rotary

Jennifer Koch

Jennifer Koch, an eighth-grade language arts teacher at McKnight Middle School, has been selected as the Rotary Club of Renton’s teacher of the month.

Koch attended Georgia State University in Atlanta, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in middle childhood education with language arts and social studies concentrations.

Before becoming a teacher, Koch was a district manager and customer service trainer for a medical insurance company.

She has taught in the Renton School District for five years.

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